Vinicius welcomes jail sentence for racially abusive fans

Vinicius Junior welcomed the eight-month prison sentences handed down on Monday to three Valencia fans for racially abusing him during a La Liga match last year. “This first criminal conviction…

FIFA warned of legal action over Club World Cup schedule

FIFA is facing the threat of legal action from domestic leagues and player unions if there is no rescheduling of the 2025 Club World Cup. A letter to FIFA president…

Saudi oil giant Aramco agrees major FIFA sponsorship deal

Saudi Arabia’s state oil giant Aramco and world football governing body FIFA on Thursday announced a major sponsorship agreement until the end of 2027. The deal is the latest high-profile…

Saudi Arabia formally launches bid for 2034 World Cup

Saudi Arabia formally launched its bid to host the 2034 World Cup on Friday, nearly four months after football’s world governing body FIFA announced the kingdom was the only candidate.…

Messi, Bonmati scoop awards for FIFA’s best in 2023

Lionel Messi was controversially crowned as FIFA’s best men’s player for 2023 on Monday, while Aitana Bonmati added to her collection of individual accolades at the awards ceremony in London.…

FIFA condemns ‘totally unacceptable’ Turkish referee attack

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino on Tuesday called the attack on a Turkish football referee by the president of top-flight club Ankaragucu “totally unacceptable”. The Turkish football federation suspended all leagues…

Injured De Bruyne named in City’s Club World Cup squad

Manchester City’s injured midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was a surprise inclusion in the treble winners’ squad for the FIFA Club World Cup on Wednesday. De Bruyne has been sidelined since…

FIFA slams 3-year ban on ex-Spanish football federation chief Rubiales

Rubiales had been provisionally suspended for an initial period of 90 days.